On June 11, 2021, as part of a work-related trip to Lviv Region, the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Dmytro Razumkov visited Ivan Franko National University of Lviv.
Dmytro Razumkov’s program of a visit at Lviv University was quite busy and included communication with scientists, university management and students. The Speaker of the Parliament began his visit with the opening of the «І All-Ukraine Legal Experts Forum” in the Mirror Hall of the University. Later, in the Museum of University History, the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada had a talk with the Rector of the University, Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Professor Volodymyr Melnyk. Dmytro Razumkov emphasized the important role of Lviv University in the process of Ukrainian State development, noting that Ivan Franko National University of Lviv is widely known for its graduates who work both in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and hold the senior positions in the country. Instead, the Rector of the University, Professor Volodymyr Melnyk, stressed that “Lviv University graduates who represent the University and Ukraine in the world are our contribution to the development of state institutions.”
The meeting of the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada with the University students was bright, informative and motivating. First of all, Dmytro Razumkov shared his impressions of his stay at Lviv University: “I am very glad to be in this historic building today. The University is a classic one, with the history of those who studied there. “Dmytro Oleksandrovych wished all students to “proudly bear the name of the University, working for the benefit of our state” after graduation. The Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada also noted the unique spirit of equality and trust that prevails at Lviv University: “It is very good when the atmosphere between the University administrators, students and teachers is built on partnership and fellowship. These are lifelong relationships.
Later, the communication continued as a Q&A Session. The range of questions to the Speaker of the Parliament was diverse, as the University students were interested in the political processes in Ukraine and in the world. They also asked about the Verkhovna Rada work features, as well as the attitude of the top official to his own work. “I like politics. I like my job. Today, the atmosphere in the debating chamber, despite the controversial views, is quite results-oriented. We can get on well with each other and work for the benefit of the state, “Dmytro Oleksandrovych shared.
Of course, the issue of the scholarships size did not go unnoticed. In particular, there was a question about the ratio of scholarships to the minimum subsistence level. Answering questions, the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine told the students about his studentship: “I received a merit scholarship, but I worked since the first year of study. I’m sure most of you are already working. A scholarship is an incentive. It is only a part of your income. I understand that it would be better if the scholarships were bigger, but it also stimulates you to study well and start working and looking for a future job. “At the same time, the official assured: “If we can increase the size of the scholarship, we will do it. People’s deputies will definitely not object to this. “
At the end of the meeting, Mykola Speresenko, Chairman of the Primary Trade Union of University Students, thanked the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine for pleasant communication with students and presented a memorable gift – a T-shirt with the symbols of Lviv University.
Also during his visit, the Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Dmytro Razumkov left a feedback in the Book of the University Honorary Guests. The official wrote: “The future of our state depends on sound academic background and advanced scientific research. It was a great pleasure to meet motivated young people at Lviv University and active scientists greedy for knowledge, who want to improve and make efforts to change Ukraine for better. Let even the most ambitious goals come true. “